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According to the United Nations, water is indispensable and living without water is a violation against human rights and dignity. Many places on earth lack water; and in Australia, where the climate is generally hot and dry, fresh and clean water can be a restricted and valuable commodity.

Surviving in any kind of setting depends on the availability of local water resources, such as groundwater and rainwater collected in tanks. These natural elements can even be valuable assets in areas where water mains are plentiful. Many households today may want to augment their water supply, feel the need to provide their own alternative and renewable water source, or simply refuse to use chemically treated water. As you can see, there are many reasons why water tanks are installed on residential, commercial or industrial properties.

Round water tanks are strong because of their structure and are the cheapest water storage solution per liter. Slimline tanks often fit easier in narrow spaces, have reinforced wall support, but are more complicated to manufacture. This makes them a tad more expensive. Both tank types come in various colours and cater to a range of budgets.

Water tanks can be installed above or below ground and come in a variety of materials. The most popular tanks are made from:

Polyethylene

Polyethylene tanks or ‘poly’ tanks are light, durable, UV resistant, non-corrosive, and are easy to transport. They are available in many sizes and shades, and can be placed above or below ground because they can resist extreme outside temperature. If they would accidentally get damaged, they are easy to repair.

Metal

Stainless steel or galvanized steel metal tanks are light and easy to transport. They come in various sizes, can be custom made and are suitable above or below ground. They can be corrugated, flat-surfaced or coated.

Water storage vessels are also available in concrete and fiberglass. Many tank types are rated for atmospheric pressure only, which means that you cannot use them as vacuum or pressure tanks.

Pumps and Accessories

o Pressure pumps should be strong and reliable, and should be available with many different pressure and flow combinations.

o Filters are necessary if you want fresh, clean water.

o Rainheads come in handy if you are using your reservoir as a rainwater tank.

o First Flush diverters will help remove vegetable matter from the water.

o Manhole covers for underground tanks allow access if needed.

o Overflow strainers.

o Tank level gauges to tell you how full your tank is.

Of course there are many other gadgets you can buy for your water tank. Some people will even design their own set of improvements although, if you do, make sure you are not violating your sales agreement and voiding your warrantee.

Water tanks are eco-friendly and low maintenance. They only need to be cleaned thoroughly every 2 to 3 years. To find a reliable installer check the phone book or, even better, the Internet. Reviews can warn you about crooks and also help you determine which tank would suit your needs best. In addition, many of your questions can be answered in forums. Believe it! People are eager to share their experiences and help their fellow water conservationists!

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